History Mysteries

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Mendocino Basketball Players

Mendocino Basketball Players
Yearbooks for schools are valuable research tools, containing names and photographs of young people from their freshman to senior year of high school. We can learn what clubs they belonged to and what sports they played.  We end up with a snapshot of time when  they were young, good-looking, healthy and hopeful. Although the first Mendocino High School graduating class was 1896, the first yearbook was published in 1907. This photograph pre-dates the first yearbook, although the early yearbooks often did[... see full page]

Hazel Pruett

Hazel Pruett
This portrait of a woman in her late 20’s or early 30’s portrays her as a serious person, with a sensible haircut, glasses and an understated pearl necklace. The name on the photograph says “Hazel Pruett.” We are wondering why Hazel’s photograph is in the collection of the Kelley House Museum. Ancestry.com lists a Hazel Pruett born October 8, 1890 in Ukiah to Robert and Cangrada Pruett. If this is the same woman, it doesn’t appear that she or her parents[... see full page]

Mystery Group of People

Mystery Group of People
A group of several unidentified men and women, possibly residents of Fort Bragg, CA, stand in the doorway of a building. The building could have been located at the corner entrance to one of the hotels on Redwood Avenue. The number on the building appears to be 424. Speculation has been that it is a new business or, since the people look as if they are from other countries, perhaps Finland, they might have just become naturalized. We really don't[... see full page]

Coneheads?

Coneheads?
This photograph looks as if it was taken in the 1920s. It appears to be a performance or presentation at the Company Store in Fort Bragg.  What ARE these women up to? Do you know the answer? Can you identify anyone?

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